“I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly“.
Allow me to tell you a bit about myself.
I am Prasenjeet Kumar and currently an Author. In PUBLISHWITHPRASEN, I wish to share with you my story of how I could “publish” and place on Amazon, without spending a dime, 3 books in six months.
None of the books look like those 20-50 page pamphlets that litter the eBook marketplaces today. My first book was 200 pages long (27,000 words approx.), second 308 pages (37,000 words approx.) and my third book was 297 pages long (36,000 words approx.)
You may be surprised to know that all these three were “cookbooks” based on recipes of my dear mom. But I am no Chef, by training, aptitude or inclination. I’m actually a corporate lawyer with an LLB (Hons.) degree from the University College London, and a Legal Practice Course (LPC) Diploma from College of Law, Bloomsbury, London. I had had also my share of corporate law stints in London and Delhi for three years.
So while I remain somewhat reluctant to be labelled as a Cookbook author, what I need to underline is that one fine morning, I just felt an urge: to not only catalogue my family’s traditional and, what I think, innovative recipes but to also help busy people create cooked meals from scratch, in a jiffy.
So I first taught myself some basics of website designing and then launched a website registered as www.cookinginajiffy.com. This happened in April 2013. What happened thereafter is shared in greater detail in my blogpost “Beginning At The Very Beginning…..How exactly do you become an author, part-time or full time?”
I generally love writing about things that I am truly passionate about. I believe that my writings should help change people’s lives forever (for good, of course!). Writing is also a truly liberating experience for me. It can heal old wounds and in the process of influencing others, it can bring a lot of meaning to your life as well.
I live in India, in the north, close to the Himalayas. I love the mountains with its temperate climate, snow covered peaks, pine and fir forests, cherry blossoms and the green pastures. You can make out (very accurately) that I am a nature lover. I would rather spend time walking in the mountains than partying in pubs and night clubs.
I love gourmet food, and chocolates and cheese, and that’s one reason why I didn’t mind starting my writing career with cookbooks.
I am, however, no couch potato. I love doing all kinds of exercise: cardio, upper body, lower body, core, flexibility and balance with Pilates being my favourite. I prefer functional training than exercising with equipment, because I feel the former is more natural that also fosters a sense of deep spiritual well-being.
Interestingly, a few years back, my dreams (supposedly) were entirely different. From my teenage years, I had always wanted to be a Corporate Lawyer earning salaries with figures that can make any one’s mouth water. Multi-billion transnational corporate deals sounded interesting and I naturally (or unnaturally I might say now) wanted to be in the forefront of this very happening sector (as I had written in one of my online application forms then).
I studied Philosophy for my BA(Honours) in St. Stephens College, Delhi and then Law in University College London. I found the academic version of law to be very intellectually stimulating. So, a career in law did sound like the right option for me.
Little did I then know that it is one thing to intellectually enjoy Law and quite another to work in a Corporate Law Firm. In 2009, I came back to India and joined a Law Firm in Central Delhi and realised two years down the line that I just did not enjoy my job.
Stress, actually needless stress, created by bullying “seniors” was taking a real toll on my life. I was mostly slogging like a clerk or an office boy doing everything which could be done without knowing any law. I would feel extremely tired (quite my unusual self) in the evenings when I came back home. I was puzzled at the hint that regardless of when I left office, and whether I had completed all my assignments for the day or not, I should always feel guilty for leaving “early”. I started having headaches and nausea. On my way to office, I would sometimes feel light headed. My family members were noticing this change in my behaviour. I was losing self-confidence and becoming more and unsure of myself.
The writing was staring me on the wall. I had to quit and quit fast to retain my sanity.
I had always considered myself to be a creative person. In my school and in my University, I enjoyed writing and acting. In my spare time, therefore, I started learning about blogging, website designing and social media marketing. I soon started designing a dummy blog with my mother’s recipes. I began teaching myself the skills of self-publishing including cover designing, formatting e-books and print books and publishing them on Amazon and Create space.
Little did I realise that when the plunge had to be taken, this all was really going to stand me in good stead. To be sure, initially I didn’t think I’d ever be a full-time author.
And now, I don’t want to be anything else!
In PUBLISHWITHPRASEN, I intend to share all my experiences of donning this second hat of author, blogger, publisher, and entrepreneur, all rolled into one. I am going to share tips on how you can successfully write, publish, and market your books and create your very own Author Platform on a shoe string budget. Yes, this is absolutely possible, I repeat.
The No. 1 mistake most Authors make is that they spend too much money on “finishing” and marketing their books and then are unable to recover their cost. Some remain persistent (which is a very good thing!) while others quit thinking that they are spending more money than they are getting back.
PUBLISHWITHPRASEN will try to help you make all those intelligent decisions, without the need to spend any money, which have enabled me to publish 3 Amazon books in six months.
I am sure you will have your own very strong reasons for becoming an Author. So, why did you decide to become an Author? Do you enjoy what you do? I’ll love to hear from you.
It’ll be great if you could consider joining me in this unique (for me at least) roller coaster ride of experiences.
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